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Empson

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Re: Industrial Birmingham
« Reply #22 on: February 05, 2019, 08:42:04 PM »
That company on the corner of livery street and cox street. Was Linread ltd

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Re: Industrial Birmingham
« Reply #23 on: February 06, 2019, 01:50:43 PM »


Hi Empson. Thanks very much for that, you are quite correct the company was called Linread Ltd. I was only young and remember training in a back room on machines threading the wire then trying to form the fastener good days. When I was let loose I used to run about 4 or 5 machines that were situated by the clocking in and out machine.
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Peg Monkey

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Re: Industrial Birmingham
« Reply #24 on: February 21, 2019, 11:10:59 PM »
When I left school in July 1965 I was fortunate to get a Birfield Apprenticeship with Salisbury Transmission Ltd in Witton, but I ended up with a GKN Apprenticeship Completion Certificate - how so? Older threaders may remember the Birfield Group was a sizeable automotive group of companies, notably including Forgings & Presswork, Hardy Spicer and Salisbury Transmission in Birmingham and Laycock Engineering in Sheffield (The group name Birfield was an amalgam of the first companies in the group from Birmingham (Bir) and Sheffield (field)), as big as the group was, it was taken over by the even bigger GKN Group.
So is Salisbury Transmission Ltd still there? Don't know for sure, it's certainly had at least one change of name since my time there.
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Re: Industrial Birmingham
« Reply #25 on: February 23, 2019, 09:53:44 PM »
My Engineering Apprenticeship spanned 1965-70, the first year at the apprentice school, Hardy Spicer and then back to my parent company Salisbury Transmission, next two years working in every department in the factory and the last two years in the department you hoped to gain a permanent position. From my 3rd year onwards I was part of a team of factory guides who regularly showed parties (mainly school groups) around the factory buildings in Witton.
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Re: Industrial Birmingham
« Reply #26 on: February 24, 2019, 12:27:03 AM »
I had an interview at Hardy Spicer to become an apprentice engineer. I sat an all day exam but failed. I think there was about 20 of us and only about 3 got through shame that, as later in life I became controller of the whole of West Midlands trains, who came off best? 
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Peg Monkey

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Re: Industrial Birmingham
« Reply #27 on: February 24, 2019, 09:41:21 AM »
I had an interview at Hardy Spicer
Hi Townie, things do work out for the best, sometimes!
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Re: Industrial Birmingham
« Reply #28 on: February 24, 2019, 08:58:21 PM »
Hi Townie, things do work out for the best, sometimes!
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Thanks Peg. It worked out for 20 years. O0
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Peg Monkey

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Re: Industrial Birmingham
« Reply #29 on: February 24, 2019, 10:28:08 PM »
It was ironic when my father, as a youngman, left his home town of Caerphilly, South Wales in the 40s to come to Birmingham to escape working down the pit that the only work he could get was down the mine at Hamstead Colliery, but it wasn't long before he got a job at a non-ferrous metal rolling mill: The old firm of Earle, Bourne and Co (became Delta Metals) where he spent most of his working life, on permanent nights: 4 nights per week, 12 hours per night. :-[
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Re: Industrial Birmingham
« Reply #30 on: February 25, 2019, 01:00:04 PM »
on permanent nights: 4 nights per week, 12 hours per night. :-[
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I would imagine that that was preferable to the pits though.
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Re: Industrial Birmingham
« Reply #31 on: February 25, 2019, 01:44:40 PM »
I would imagine that that was preferable to the pits though.
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Re: Industrial Birmingham
« Reply #32 on: February 25, 2019, 03:16:23 PM »
I worked at this place when it was Barker and Allen.When I qualified as an Electrician in 1980,we were working 5 nights a week,12 hour shifts.
Then,in order for production to be up and running earlier on a Monday morning,a Sunday night shift was introduced.